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Briggs: "We stayed together."

3 September 2017

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After making his debut in a hard fought 0-0 draw with Coventry City - in which Chesterfield were reduced to ten men - Matt Briggs praised the team’s robust performance.

Briggs’ team mate Robbie Weir was shown a second yellow card in the 60th minute, meaning the Spireites had to withstand a lot of pressure from the Sky Blues, which they did manfully.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Briggs said: “I thought the boys played well, it’s unfortunate we went down to ten men, but we stayed together, dug in, stayed compact and gained a good point today.

“It’s always very difficult, when you go down to ten men, you have to play less expansive football and just try not to concede a goal.

“I thought it was harsh, he’s just stood out the way and the guy's just run over his leg and dived, that’s what I think anyway.”

The Guyana international only joined the club on Friday, but wasted no time in showing the Proact faithful what he could do, in an industrious display.

Briggs started on the left wing and hurt the opposition with some strong runs, as well as linking up with Chris O’Grady several times during the first half.

“I’ve played there a few times over my career,” the former Fulham man said.

“I’m a left-back by trade, but I’m quite an attacking player, so I enjoyed playing on the left today.

“We’ve only had one session yesterday, but I’ve been linking up with him quite well so I knew to gamble with the ball in behind him and I knew he’d hold the ball up for us.”

Deadline day signing, Zak Jules also made his debut at left-back and Briggs believes the partnership with the Scotland U21 international is one that can work in upcoming matches

“I think Zak played very well," said Briggs. "He strengthened up the back four and sharing a hotel with him yesterday I got to bond with him.

“We got to talk about how each other played, so we linked up quite well today.”

Overall, Briggs was happy to be back playing football again after being without a club since his release from Colchester United in May.

“It’s very special,” he remarked. “I’ve been out of football and haven’t had much of a pre-season.

“But to come here and have the fans behind me is good for me and I’ll make sure I keep working hard for them while I’m here.”

The next test for the Spireites is away at Crewe Alexandra next Saturday and following their performance against the Sky Blues, Briggs is optimistic about the team’s chances.

He added: “Crewe are a good side and they like to play football but if we keep faith and keep 11 men on the pitch, we’ll have a very good chance of beating them.”

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